Guides and Tutorials in Text and Video form

VB-Cable – The free alternative to VAC

In most of my audio guides and tutorials so far I used or mentioned VAC (Virtual Audio Cable) from time to time. The software is unfortunately not free but in many cases very useful. A virtual audio device can be used to exclude sound from your stream or recording for example.  Most alternatives you can find on the internet are...

How to use the Replay Buffer?

The latest update of Open Broadcaster Software, for Windows, added a new feature called the “Replay Buffer”. This neat little option allows you to save the last X seconds of Video and Audio to your disk on the press of a button. You might know this feature already from Nvidia’s Shadowplay or other Software. You first have to configure the...

Why should I record in flv format?

Most streaming and recording applications currently allow you to record in MP4, FLV and sometimes also in raw formats or MKV/QuickTime Video. But simple flv files have a benefit that is often overseen. If your software crashes while you record your greatest footage of all time, the flv file that was written up to this point should still be usable....

My stream lags/buffers/loads constantly for my viewers, but why?

To answer this question we first have to ask another one: Are “we” dropping frames? In OBS we can fortunately see this right away in the bottom bar: But most other streaming programs of course also show a similar counter. If you are dropping frames this will probably be the reason for your viewers problems. If the packages do not reach your provider,...

How to use your 120/144Hz Monitor successfully (1 or 2 PC setup)

Getting Windows to use your Monitor on its full refresh rate can sometimes be quite a pain. There are different utilities available to create your own Monitor drivers for example. Nvidia and ATI/AMD also try to help you get your Monitor up and running with its Control Panel Tools and options. Though this can sometimes still lead to problems. Best example,...

How to use Auto-Duck in Real Time: A new audio “ducking” software

First of all, what is audio ducking you might say? If you prefer the wikipedia description click here but in short it means that the audio volume of one source is lowered as soon as our selected source is active. You might know this from Radio Shows or Television. As soon as the moderator is talking, the music volume goes down...

How to use QuickSync?

In this Guide I will quickly explain how to activate and setup everything to use QuickSync. OBS will be used as the example streaming software, but the Guide can also be applied to other programs that can use QuickSync. If you are not sure what QuickSync is, check this article. And now let us first of all check if QuickSync...

Use two or more Instances of OBS

While Jim is re-writing OBS to probably sooner or later simplify the whole process, we can already use OBS(1) to stream to two locations or stream and record at the same time. In contrast to my “How to easily stream to two or more locations?” guide we will use OBS, two instances (or more if wanted) and have the advantage...

Fake connect a Monitor

In some cases you might not be able to physically setup a second Monitor, or you simply do not have the money to spend for one. No matter whats the reason, there is a way to tell Windows that you have a Monitor connected. This “Virtual Monitor” can then be used to hold programs you currently do not need, or...

Xsplit Broadcaster 1.3 – Guide for Starters

You want to start streaming? Have not used a software similar to XSplit before? Are not sure where to start? Then you have come to the right place. I will try to explain, step by step and in an useful order, how to get started and setup your XSplit for streaming. First of all, let us take a look at...